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27   Days and Hours of Meeting and Routine of Business—Variation

Motion determined as not formal : The Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield) requested that government business notice of motion no. 5 standing in his name for today, relating to the days and hours of meeting and routine of business, be taken as formal.

An objection was raised and the motion was not proceeded with as a formal motion.

Suspension of standing orders : Senator Fifield, at the request of the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Abetz) and pursuant to contingent notice, moved—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent a minister moving a motion to provide for the consideration of a matter, namely a motion to give precedence to government business notice of motion no. 5.

Debate ensued.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 36

Senators—

Abetz

Edwards

Mason

Ruston

Back

Fawcett

McGrath

Ryan

Bernardi

Fierravanti-Wells

McKenzie

Scullion

Birmingham

Fifield

Muir

Seselja

Brandis

Johnston

Nash

Sinodinos

Bushby (Teller)

Lazarus

O’Sullivan

Smith

Cash

Leyonhjelm

Parry

Wang

Colbeck

Macdonald

Reynolds

Williams

Day

Madigan

Ronaldson

Xenophon

 

 

NOES, 31

Senators—

Brown

Hanson-Young

McLucas

Singh

Bullock

Ketter

Milne

Sterle

Cameron

Lambie

Moore

Urquhart

Collins

Lines

O’Neill

Waters

Conroy

Ludlam

Peris

Whish-Wilson

Dastyari

Ludwig

Rhiannon

Wong

Di Natale

Marshall

Rice

Wright

Gallacher

McEwen (Teller)

Siewert

 

 

 

Question agreed to.

Senator Fifield moved—That government business notice of motion no. 5 may be moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 35

Senators—

Abetz

Edwards

McGrath

Ryan

Back

Fawcett

McKenzie

Scullion

Bernardi

Fierravanti-Wells

Muir

Seselja

Birmingham

Fifield

Nash

Sinodinos

Brandis

Johnston

O’Sullivan

Smith

Bushby (Teller)

Lazarus

Parry

Wang

Cash

Leyonhjelm

Reynolds

Williams

Colbeck

Madigan

Ronaldson

Xenophon

Day

Mason

Ruston

 

 

 

NOES, 30

Senators—

Brown

Hanson-Young

McLucas

Siewert

Bullock

Ketter

Milne

Singh

Cameron

Lambie

Moore

Sterle

Collins

Lines

O’Neill

Urquhart (Teller)

Conroy

Ludlam

Peris

Waters

Dastyari

Ludwig

Rhiannon

Whish-Wilson

Di Natale

Marshall

Rice

Wright

Gallacher

McEwen

 

 

 

Question agreed to.

Senator Fifield moved—That the Senate meet on Monday, 11 May 2015, and that:

    (a)   the hours of meeting shall be 10 am to 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm to adjournment;

    (b)   the routine of business shall be:

                  (i)   government business,

                 (ii)   at 2 pm, questions, and

                (iii)   from 3 pm, government business only;

     (c)   the following government business orders of the day shall have precedence over all other government business:

                  (i)   Construction Industry Amendment (Protecting Witnesses) Bill 2015 ,

                 (ii)   Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims Amendment Bill 2015, and

                (iii)   Tribunals Amalgamation Bill 2014; and

    (d)   the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall not be proposed until a motion for the adjournment is moved by a minister.

Senator Xenophon, by leave, moved the following amendment:

Omit subparagraph (b)(iii), substitute:

                (iii)   motions to take note of answers, and

                (iv)   subsequently, government business only;

Statements by leave : Senators Moore and Abetz and the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Wong), by leave, made statements relating to the amendment.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 37

Senators—

Abetz

Fawcett

Mason

Ruston

Back

Fierravanti-Wells

McGrath

Ryan

Bernardi

Fifield

McKenzie

Scullion

Birmingham

Johnston

Muir

Seselja

Brandis

Lambie

Nash

Sinodinos

Bushby (Teller)

Lazarus

O’Sullivan

Smith

Cash

Leyonhjelm

Parry

Wang

Colbeck

Macdonald

Reynolds

Williams

Day

Madigan

Ronaldson

Xenophon

Edwards

 

 

 

NOES, 31

Senators—

Bullock

Hanson-Young

Milne

Singh

Cameron

Ketter

Moore

Sterle

Carr

Lines

O’Neill

Urquhart (Teller)

Collins

Ludlam

Peris

Waters

Conroy

Ludwig

Polley

Whish-Wilson

Dastyari

Marshall

Rhiannon

Wong

Di Natale

McEwen

Rice

Wright

Gallacher

McLucas

Siewert

 

 

 

Question agreed to.

Senator Moore, by leave, moved the following amendment:

Omit all words after “Monday, 11 May 2015”, substitute “, and that:

    (a)   the hours of meeting shall be 10 am to 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm; and

    (b)   the routine of business shall be:

                  (i)   documents,

                 (ii)   Clerk’s documents,

                (iii)   committees - authorisation to meet,

                (iv)   government business only,

                 (v)   at 2 pm, questions,

                (vi)   motions to take note of answers,

               (vii)   petitions,

              (viii)   postponement and rearrangement of business,

                (ix)   formal motions - discovery of formal business,

                 (x)   any proposal to debate a matter of public importance or urgency,

                (xi)   consideration of documents under standing order 61 for up to 30 minutes, and

               (xii)   government business; and

     (c)   the question for the adjournment of the Senate shall be proposed at 9.50 pm”.

Statement by leave : Senator Moore, by leave, made a statement relating to the amendment.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 31

Senators—

Bullock

Ketter

Milne

Singh

Cameron

Lambie

Moore

Sterle

Collins

Lines

O’Neill

Urquhart (Teller)

Conroy

Ludlam

Peris

Waters

Dastyari

Ludwig

Polley

Whish-Wilson

Di Natale

Marshall

Rhiannon

Wong

Gallacher

McEwen

Rice

Wright

Hanson-Young

McLucas

Siewert

 

 

 

NOES, 36

Senators—

Abetz

Edwards

Mason

Ruston

Back

Fawcett

McGrath

Ryan

Bernardi

Fierravanti-Wells

McKenzie

Scullion

Birmingham

Fifield

Muir

Seselja

Brandis

Johnston

Nash

Sinodinos

Bushby (Teller)

Lazarus

O’Sullivan

Smith

Cash

Leyonhjelm

Parry

Wang

Colbeck

Macdonald

Reynolds

Williams

Day

Madigan

Ronaldson

Xenophon

 

 

Question negatived.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.